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Frances Bula

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 19, 2019
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum is back, but his future (and the city’s) is uncertain

Doug McCallum regained the Surrey mayor’s chair last fall by offering easy-sounding solutions when it comes to policing, transit and real estate development. The veteran politician says he’s changed along with B.C.’s second-largest city, but is he the right person to lead it into the future?

May 1, 2019
Prefab homes could solve housing shortages in B.C. and abroad

Louie Quilt hefts a sheet of drywall into a box about the size of a cabin sitting in the middle of the shop floor, the next step for what will become a compact studio apartment for a not-so-well-off resident of...

Oct 3, 2018
Split Decision: Housing crisis looms large in Vancouver civic election

A note from the author: Modern-day elections are famous for their last-minute dramas, with candidates getting knocked out of races as problematic information emerges about their pasts, as they stumble in the public spotlight, as their campaign strategies blow up...

Jun 22, 2018
Go out on top: The BCBusiness guide to retirement and succession planning

On April 22, 2019, Frances Bula's retirement guide won a gold SABEW Canada Best in Business Award in the personal finance and investing category. This is the fifth year for the awards, which are sponsored by the Canadian chapter of the...

Jun 4, 2018
Travel: Beautiful Sicilian islands worth the trip out of busy Italy

We’d gone to the main plaza in Siracusa for our usual evening walk and so that I could apply my investigative skills to what is said to be this Sicilian town’s best ice cream, at Gelateria Fiordilatte. Settled in at...

Aug 17, 2017
How to rent your home out on Airbnb

Emily Plommer knew from her own experience staying at Airbnbs that it was frustrating to rent an apartment with a full kitchen and discover that there wasn’t so much as a salt shaker or bottle of cooking oil in the...

Jun 16, 2017
How the real estate boom has left British Columbians feeling richer and poorer than they really are

Rachel Harriman and her husband have seven times their annual household income—which is in the healthy $100,000-plus bracket—socked away, thanks to the sale of a condo several years ago along with savings from their earnings. Justin Jacobsen, who makes a...

Nov 4, 2016
Here comes Santa Ono

At first glance, the new president of UBC is impossible to spot amid the throngs packed onto a plaza in front of the year-old, $107-million Student Union Building. But, looking closely at the way people have gathered on this pleasantly...

Aug 31, 2016
Miner to missionary: The Ross Beaty story

It was the winter of 2008, and Ross Beaty—a man who’d made his fortune discovering mines, then running them, all around the world—was at the peak of his career. The company he founded in 1994, Pan American Silver Corp., was the second-largest silver-mining operation in the world, with seven mines...

Jun 1, 2016
How UBC is digging the mining industry out of a hole

Damie Gongor’s enthusiasm about making life better in his home country, half a world away from Vancouver, spills over as he talks.Mongolia, he explains, went through a bad time with international mining companies in the wake of its transition to a democratic, market-based economy in 1990. The northern Asian country...

May 19, 2016
Why the car is winning the commuter war—and what can be done to stop it

RELATED ARTICLES: Results from our exclusive survey on how British Columbians feel about their work commute. See how your commute compares to other Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods. Five profiles of extreme B.C. commutes. Clayton Chmelik and his wife were poster children for the car-shunning millennial generation for most of their 20s. They lived in south...

Jan 8, 2016
Why we overspend—and what to do about it

Jacqueline Sheppet thinks of herself as reasonably good with money. She is a high-school math teacher, after all. She’s thrifty—didn’t buy her first car until she was 37, after saving diligently for it for five years. And she takes the trouble to look at the automatic expense-tracking tool her bank provides, Mint...

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